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SHMA AVP (update: confirmed)

Rumor is Tamashii is going to reveal prototypes of S.H.MonsterArts Alien and Predator to gauge fan reaction.

I’m sure they’ll look fantastic and be super-articulated, but they’ll only be in scale with each other and they’ll cost 3-4x NECA’s stuff. Not sure how these will sell here in the U.S., although they still might sell better than the Godzilla stuff due to the larger fan audience.

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Update: Alien vs. Predator S.H.MonsterArts confirmed, but to make it weirder, the designs are actually from the movie Alien vs. Predator, which seems like…not a good idea. If they’d gone with the design from Alien or Aliens and/or the first Predator, I might have had to think about it. But figures from my least-favorite movie of either franchise?* Pass.

*Well, okay, maybe second-least-favorite, because I haven’t seen Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.

Tamashii Nations creating some badass effects parts for your figures

Tamashii Nations, Bandai’s collector-focused brand responsible for such lines as S.H.Figuarts, S.H.MonsterArts, Super Robot Chogokin and the like, have revealed some very cool effects parts for their action figure lines. These are designed for the 6″ S.H.Figuarts line, but obviously they can work with a lot of lines in that scale. There are four items:

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A “crater” effect for that common anime trope where a powerful character crashes into the ground. It splits into two parts, a smaller crater and a larger one. That Kamen Rider guy is rocking the Red Iron in the center there.

Pic of the Day > King Ghidorah (Pt. Deux) by nobudius_5192

King Ghidorah (Pt. Deux)

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Hi-Res S.H.MonsterArts Biollante Photos

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Bluefin sends along some hi-res photos of S.H.MonsterArts Biollante. This mother is going to be HUGE. Word is, the light-up…thing in the torso will be controlled by remote.

In related news, the “BioGoji” (Godzilla as he appeared in Godzilla vs. Biollante) figure that’s often popped up alongside the SHMA Biollante has been confirmed as a prototype for the line, though if/when he’ll actually be produced as a figure is up in the air. Still, if they can commit to Biollante, I’m betting we’ll see a BioGoji sometime next year. It’s my favorite Heisei suit, so I’ve got my fingers crossed.

S.H.MonsterArts Biollante Info

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Nov/Dec 2013

The largest Godzilla figure from Tamashii Nations to date, the massive Biollante joins the incredibly detailed S.H. MonsterArts line! Highly requested through consumer feedback, Biollante has finally been approved for release after extensive testing to maintain the quality fans have come to expect in the line. To further insure authenticity, the original creator, Fuyuki Shinada, of the Biollante model used in the “Godzilla vs. Biollante” movie was brought on board to personally plan, sculpt, and approve this piece to create the most accurate articulated Biollante figure ever. Replicating her pulsating core just like the film, the chest area features a special light-up gimmick and light color band that be changed via control switch. S.H.MonsterArts Biollante’s meticulous sculpt detail, massive proportion and thorough articulation at every neck joint allow for realistic portrayal of scenes from the movie. At an astounding 12″, Biollante dwarfs even the mighty King Ghidorah, making her the largest foe Godzilla will ever tangle with.

Every so often, you get a toy you never, ever thought would get made. “Super-articulated Biollante” are three words I never thought would go together. Godzilla vs. Biollante is one of the three Heisei films I really enjoy (my favorite is The Return of Godzilla, followed by Biollante and then Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II), so, despite the $230(!!) price tag, I’m planning to get this figure. This, hopefully, will represent the high-water mark for S.H.MonsterArts in terms of price…I can’t think of any other Toho monsters, at least, that would be this large.

The Godzilla in the image above is the same statue/maquette of the “BioGoji” figure we saw when the Biollante prototype was revealed. The BioGoji suit is my favorite Heisei suit, and I sincerely hope we get a BioGoji SHMA figure to go with Biollante. I’m sure most of you think all Godzilla suits look alike (you kaijuists!), but the BioGoji suit is leaner and more ferocious than the ’94 Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla suit, which is the current “regular” Godzilla available in the S.H.MonsterArts line.

Odds ‘n Ends > The Four Horsemen get a new site, Mordles arrive, Biollante to spring up in November

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  • The Four Horsemen have opened a new website, SourceHorsemen.com. This is the third 4H website (after FantasticExclusive.com and Fourhoursemen.biz – and I can remember at least two iterations of the latter). Hopefully this one provides them with a long-term home.
  • On a related note, you may have noticed in the pic on SourceHorsemen that the Four Horsemen aren’t so “Four” anymore. That’s because Chris Dahlberg evidently left. I don’t know anything about it, but there’s no evidence it was anything but friendly. (And he already has a website – tip ‘o the hat to Poester Dayraven for the tip.)
  • If you’ve joined Club Mordle, then the Mordles are on sale now. You should have received an email with a link to order. The toys will open up to the general public next Friday, June 28 at the ToyFinity store.
  • Gird your wallet, fans of S.H.MonsterArts: Biollante (shown in prototype last October) is coming in late fall. No word on price yet, but $200-$250 wouldn’t surprise me (I’d bet it will end up in the $175-$225 range, though). This is something of a big deal because there really aren’t a whole lot of Biollante toys, and those that exist go for a ton of money these days.

Amazing Hi-Res Pics of S.H.MonsterArts Kiryu

Here are some fantastic hi-res photos of Bluefin Tamashii’s upcoming S.H.MonsterArts Kiryu (a.k.a. Mechagodzilla III) from Godzilla X Mechagodzilla.

Pic of the Day > King Kong vs Godzilla!!! by Jova Cheung

King Kong vs Godzilla!!!

King Kong vs Godzilla!!! by Jova Cheung

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Ultraseven returns to Ultra-Act, Kiryu joins S.H.MonsterArts

Recent days have brought two new announcements to light that I’m pretty excited about.

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The first is the announcement of a new “renewal” version of the Ultra-Act Ultraseven. While Ultraman is fairly well known to even the most casual pop culture observer, Ultraseven’s eponymous series is actually more fondly remembered in Japan. Bandai has been revisiting the Ultra-Act line to produce newer, better versions of figures they’ve done before, and having done Ultraman, Ultraseven is next on the list. I’ve been watching the series (Amazon) and so far, I have to admit I think Ultraman (Amazon) was a more entertaining show, but I’m only about a third of the way through Ultraseven.

Next up is the next S.H.MonsterArts figure: Kiryu, a.k.a. Mechagodzilla III.

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This one’s a bit of a surprise. Kiryu already had a pretty good Soul of Chogokin figure about ten years ago. I’d been wondering if Bandai would be reluctant to revisit these characters for S.H.MonsterArts for that reason – I guess this answers that question.

The SHMA version will likely be slightly shorter, better articulated, and feature a bit less diecast material than the SOC figure. I never got the SOC one and it goes for big bucks on eBay these days, so I’m more than happy to spend my money (looks like it’ll be about $100) on this version. Kiryu is my second-favorite Mechagodzilla design, so I’m psyched about this reveal. Now all we need is a Kiryugoji (the Godzilla suit from this movie, soon to star in IDW’s Godzilla: Rulers of Earth) to go with him.

I had hoped the next SHMA reveal would be a 1964 Mothra, but with this character, Bandai has shown they’re going to produce figures from all eras.

Pic of the Day > S.H. MonsterArts King Kong by thedaytimeninja

S.H. MonsterArts King Kong

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